Zipcar and the City of Houston said today that the Houston Fleet Share program for municipal employees will employ Zipcar’s FastFleet technology.
Fifty existing city-owned fleet vehicles – including 25 pure battery electric Nissan Leaf car – “will be outfitted with Zipcar’s FastFleet proprietary fleet sharing technology for use by city employees across all departments,” Zipcar said.
“This program is the first of its kind,” Zipcar said, “funded by the State Energy Conservation Office American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (SECO-ARRA) Transportation Program (SEP), and is designed to help the City of Houston improve efficiency, promote sustainability and save money – all without sacrificing employee mobility.”
Zipcar says that Houston has the third largest municipal hybrid fleet in the country, with approximately half of its non-specialty, light-duty fleet having been replaced with hybrid vehicles.
“By deploying Zipcar’s FastFleet car sharing platform in these and other vehicles, as well as implementing Zipcar’s self-service online reservation and secure vehicle access system, the program is expected to help the City gain new efficiencies, improve utilization and reduce costs, while further reducing the environmental impacts of their fleet,” says the Massachusetts-based car-share provider.
“Houston is setting the pace,” Mayor Annise Parker says in Zipcar’s announcement. “Although we’ve always been known as the oil capital of the world, we’re gaining momentum on being the energy capital through programs like Houston Fleet Share and the Houston Drives Electric initiative.”
“By utilizing Zipcar’s technology to make our fleet usage more efficient, we will be able to further reduce emissions and cut back on fleet fuel consumption, helping save money while also having a positive impact on our environment,” Parker said.
“The City of Houston joins smart city governments focused on developing solutions to complex transportation challenges,” said Zipcar chairman and CEO Scott Griffith.
City managers will be able to design and configure the Houston fleet footprint “in real time for optimal utilization,” Zipcar said, “manage hundreds of critical activities including preventive maintenance, fueling, billing, and fleet distribution; analyze usage and diagnostic data, automatically captured during every trip; and utilize Zipcar’s robust, experience-driven analytics to stay on top of trends.”
Zipcar says that its FastFleet technology has been adopted through similar initiatives in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Boston.
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